The hope of Joe???
by Joe Hern
I say, "The same hopes you have. That I will retain my health,
happiness, that I will be touched by as few tragedies as possible,
car will start in the morning, that the sun will shine again, they
never lose my appreciation for the beauty of a spring morning...
the list is
endless... what things do YOU hope for?"
When they inevitably ask, "But what about AFTER this life..
what do you hope
for?" I say, "That I leave a legacy behind that helps
someone still living.
I hope I will have made a difference in one's life, and as I lay
deathbed, I never want to say "I wish I had spent more time
activity here]" .
They will inevitably repeat, "But AFTER life.. for YOU.. where
YOU will be..
what do you hope for?"
I say "Exactly what I just explained.. that I lived my life
regrets, and if I have That when I die, if there be any afterlife,
be enough.. that I lived life to the fullest."
That will then transition into a discussion about what 'living
life to the
fullest' is, and they will claim living life for God is such, and
where you revert right back to something similar to the opening
don't need to believe in God to be healthy, to love life, to appreciate
purple flower on a spring morning, to love my neighbor, and to cry
movies. My life is full, and complete. I think it is so sad that
feel they need God to have a full life, and that if an atheist's
full, it is because Satan is helping them. That's so sad, and all
I can do
in response to that is shake my head and accept that they will feel
and there is nothing I can say or do to get them to realize they
God for ANYthing they have in their life."
They will response that God gives them 'peace' and 'knowledge of
are going when they die". You can say, "I have peace too,
and knowledge of
where I am going where I die is not necessary for happiness. I can
myself all I want that when I die, I will be surrounded by gold
and ice-cream. And true, I will feel 'peace' that is where I am
going when I
die. But it is not necessary to attach myself to that belief. I
do not fear
'what if I am wrong' as most theists do. I find it a sad life to
one DOES fear 'if they are wrong'.